Tide rises for UTS researchers in scientific impact
Researchers at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) have again achieved a leading performance in Australia in a world ranking of universities that focuses on scientific impact and research collaboration.
The results of the 2020 CWTS Leiden ranking of world universities have for the fourth year registered a tide of improvement in UTS’s research performance that places the university number one in Australia for the proportion of its research appearing in the top 10 per cent of most-cited publications in scientific fields. On this metric UTS is placed 54th in the world.
When sifted further to the top 5 per cent of most-cited scientific publications, UTS’s world ranking improves to 50th in the world and first in Australia.
On the measure of overall research collaboration UTS was ranked second in Australia and 58th in the world. Similarly for international collaboration UTS ranked second among Australian universities with a world ranking of 67.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Professor Kate McGrath, attributed UTS’s rising success to the gains made by researchers through their continued focus on improving the quality of their research and strengthening collaborations. That they had achieved greater attention from their scholarly peers in the past few years was evidenced by the increase in citations.
“We continue producing excellent research with impact. The quality of our people, who are central to this approach and define our achievements in this area, is apparent in our results,” Professor McGrath said.
“We know how important and beneficial it is to the scientific community to produce research that creates value and impact. We enhance this through our commitment to collaborating with academic colleagues to bring together diverse capabilities and expertise and, ultimately, create shared visions and outcomes to benefit our communities and more broadly the economy, environment and society.”
The Leiden ranking uses data from the Web of Science publications database, with 1,176 universities from 65 countries included in the 2020 ranking based on their number of indexed publications.
Besides an “all sciences” overview the Leiden ranking also does a break down in five fields: Biomedical and Health Sciences, Life and Earth Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering and Social Sciences and Humanities.
We continue producing excellent research with impact. The quality of our people, who are central to this approach and define our achievements in this area, is apparent in our results.
Professor Kate McGrath
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Most significantly UTS was ranked number one in Australia and top three in the world for scientific impact in Mathematics and Computer Science and number one in Australia and 43rd in the world for the proportion of Life and Earth Sciences research appearing in the top 10 per cent of most-cited publications.
In Social Sciences and Humanities UTS ranked second in Australia and 54th in the world in the top one per cent of most-cited publications.